Walt Disney World is a dream-come-true vacation for little girls with a love of the Disney princesses. They can wear their favorite gowns to the parks, meet the heroines of their favorite movies, or dine in a castle or two. If you’re looking for a regal restaurant to try during your trip, here’s a guide to our top five Disney World princess dining experiences:
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: One of Walt Disney World’s princess dining venues is set in a grand castle in the Norway pavilion at Epcot. Akershus serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with many unique, Norwegian menu items on the appetizer buffet in addition to traditional entree favorites. Four different Disney princesses visit guests at their tables and lead a short “princess procession” at intervals through the dining room.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table: This is one of the hardest dining reservations to get at Walt Disney World because you’re not just dining with the Disney princesses, you’re dining inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the food reviews are mixed, and it is expensive, but the atmosphere is perfectly regal. There are medieval chandeliers, suits of armor, stained glass windows looking out over Fantasyland, and beautiful stonework (look for the mice hidden on the columns!). Cinderella welcomes you in the grand hall downstairs while other princesses circulate in the dining room upstairs. You might even see a proposal happen!
- Be Our Guest Restaurant: You won’t meet Disney princesses at this dining venue in New Fantasyland, but you will be eating inside a Disney princess’s castle! The Beast’s grand ballroom looks just like it does in Beauty and the Beast, even down to the snow drifting on the mountains out the windows. There are two other dining areas as well: the West Wing, which is a little spooky but has the Enchanted Rose and a morphing Beast/Prince portrait, or the charming Rose Room, filled with family portraits of Belle, the Beast, and all their friends and an oversized Beauty and the Beast music box. Breakfast and lunch are counter service meals (breakfast is prix fixe); dinner is a table service meal, and you do meet one character at dinner – the Beast.
- 1900 Park Fare: The entire royal family from Cinderella (heroes and villains!) appears at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After table service dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian. You’ll mingle with Cinderella, Prince Charming, the evil stepmother and the two evil stepsisters. The buffet is delicious, and the characters are hilarious – Anastasia and Drizella shout at each other across the room and if you have any unmarried princes in your party, watch out. Lady Tremaine will probably try to set her daughters up with them!
- My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party: The ultimate princessy meal at Disney takes place at the Grand Floridian; it’s a special tea party held in the afternoon at the Garden View Tea Room. Each little girl receives an eighteen-inch princess doll, and the hostess Miss Rose Petal shares princess stories while guests sample dainty tea delicacies. Princess Aurora also makes an appearance. The party costs $334 for one adult and one child.
What is your favorite royal restaurant at Walt Disney World?